Ever since the first dental school was founded in the United States in 1840, dentistry and medicine have been taught as — and viewed as — two separate professions. That artificial division is bad for the public’s health. It’s time to bring the mouth back into the body.
“I haven’t been able to kiss my wife in over a year.”1 Why? Kissing hurts her mouth too much. Why? Her teeth are fractured and painful. Why? Like many Americans, money is tight for this couple and American health care has failed them.
The acid test of any nation’s health care reform happens with a change in national administration. Only when a president or minister who instigated reform departs and a new regime assumes power can we judge the durability of any reform law or program. Read More
The Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) in collaboration with Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the University of Massachusetts Medical School was awarded a five-year, $3.5 million dollar cooperative agreement grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to establish a national Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health (CIPCOH).
The left side of Jacquelyn Garcia’s face throbbed fiercely. She had tried taking Tylenol and Excedrin for the pain, but threw them up. On a Monday morning straight after working the night shift as a custodian, she rushed to the N.Y.U. emergency dental clinic. Read
Adam possessed the look of a performance athlete who was slipping comfortably into middle age. He always greeted me with a hearty double-fisted handshake. “I’m not giving up on this, Doc. It’s just wrong. You’ll back me, right?” Read More
You can work full time but not have the money to fix your teeth – visible reminders of the divide between rich and poor. SALISBURY, Md. — Two hours before sunrise, Dee Matello joined the line outside the Wicomico Civic Center, where hundreds of people in hoodies, heavy coats and wool blankets braced against a bitter wind.